Port Lincoln players feature in winning 'Slugs' team

SLUGS: The winning Southern Slugs team at the Harmony Cup. Team members pictured are (back): Matty Rankine, Patrick O'Neil, Denis Eaton (runner), Allan McIntyre, Talal Kayal, Ricky O'Loughlin, Dean Schumann, Dylan Hogarth, Jamie O'Callaghan, Otis Carter, Shaun Childs, Mark Mueller, Eddie Hocking (coach), Mark Good; middle: Kane Stewart, Leigh Ryswyk, Michael Kilsby, Mervyn Kartinyeri, Jesse Edwards; front: Peter Oldfield (team manager), Richard Kleemann, Wesley Bilney, Kym Rasheed, Kingsley Bilney, Will Trott, Greg Phillips, Simon Ebert and Adam Klun. Photo: supplied
SLUGS: The winning Southern Slugs team at the Harmony Cup. Team members pictured are (back): Matty Rankine, Patrick O'Neil, Denis Eaton (runner), Allan McIntyre, Talal Kayal, Ricky O'Loughlin, Dean Schumann, Dylan Hogarth, Jamie O'Callaghan, Otis Carter, Shaun Childs, Mark Mueller, Eddie Hocking (coach), Mark Good; middle: Kane Stewart, Leigh Ryswyk, Michael Kilsby, Mervyn Kartinyeri, Jesse Edwards; front: Peter Oldfield (team manager), Richard Kleemann, Wesley Bilney, Kym Rasheed, Kingsley Bilney, Will Trott, Greg Phillips, Simon Ebert and Adam Klun. Photo: supplied

Four Port Lincoln indigenous footballers contributed to the success of the Southern Slugs International Football Club's success at the Harmony Cup in Adelaide on March 9.

The Southern Slugs, which usually features over 35-year-old old collegian, country and Aboriginal footballers put together an over 30 team to represent Australia in this year's carnival, which also featured some players in their late 20s.

Local footballers Wes Bilney, Kingsley Bilney Jnr, Otis Carter and Will Trott joined other country and ex SANFL footballers, coached by former AFL footballer Eddie Hocking.

The team would end up winning all three games comfortably, including the final against the African team.

The event featured matches with two 15 minute halves.

Club president Peter Oldfield said this was the first time the club had played in a tournament in Australia and all the Port Lincoln players showed great skill.

"They were fantastic, Otis rucked 100 per cent of the day...the two Bilney brothers showed class," he said.

"It was great to get a good cross section, there was four from Port Lincoln, one from south east and one from the Riverland."

Mr Oldfield said the team featured a combined 14 Mail Medals, more than 600 games of SANFL football and two players who had played more than 500 games of senior football, Dean Schumann and Richard Kleemann.

The team also included former AFL footballer Ricky O'Loughlin.

The Southern Slugs are now turning their attention to the Shanghai Cup in Shanghai, China on June 1, the day before the AFL match between Port Adelaide and St Kilda.

The club will send an over 35s team as well as an open age team that will be completely made up of indigenous players.

Mr Oldfield said the club was looking for country players to fill the over 35s team and indigenous players for the open age team.

More information is available on the Southern Slugs International Football Club Facebook page or by emailing southernslugsaussierules@gmail.com